I have been trying to get a Linux distrobution to run from a USB thumb drive. I tried ArchLinux and it worked but not terribly well. I would most like to run the enlightenment desktop E17.
I ran into MacPup which is a spin off of puppy linux which runs from a CD. MacPup also runs E17.
I downloaded the iso and burned it onto a CD. I booted the CD into my HP laptop. It took sometime to boot up. I had to answer some questions regarding my keyboard type, time zone, etc. Once into E17 it was very responsive.
The menus were fast. I didn't quite like the transparency of the menus but that is in the details. There was gparted and office and opera. I was able to use the wifi router and connect to the internet.
I will try another time to install to my USB thumb drive.